NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATOR (100%)
NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION PROGRAM, UW-ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES CENTER (ERC)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EXTENSION, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION VISION: To be a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PURPOSE: We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.
WORKING TITLE: Natural Resources Educator (100% through June 30, 2019; continuation based on performance and funding)
OFFICIAL UW-EXTENSION TITLE: Outreach Specialist Series
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVED: Primarily Southeast Wisconsin within the Rock River Basin, but may serve stakeholders and colleagues anywhere in the state periodically.
OFFICE LOCATION: Dodge or Jefferson County UW-Extension office.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: This position is a fixed-term terminal academic staff appointment in Cooperative Extension, a division of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Reappointment to this position after the initial term is dependent upon availability of funding and on performance. Position hire subject to a six-month probationary period.
As an academic staff member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, employed with the UW Environmental Resources Center, the Outreach Specialist/Natural Resource Educator (NRE) is an educational leader in teaching, accessing and applying natural resource-based research findings to the fields of leadership and organizational development, community development, and local education in order to meet identified educational needs and interests of citizens, civic groups, businesses and local governments. The Outreach Specialist takes a scholarly approach in strengthening the capacity of individuals, organizations, communities and local government to address natural resources issues through educational programming that builds understanding and leads to improved decision-making and leadership skills. The Outreach Specialist helps citizens, agencies, and local governments identify, develop and implement outreach and education needs and programs, including programs that integrate evidence-based information and UW colleagues with complementary content expertise.
INITIAL POSITION FOCUS:
This position will initially focus on supporting ongoing water quality improvement efforts primarily in the Rock River watershed. UW-Extension is a partner in efforts across the watershed to engage stakeholders with improving water quality, with an emphasis on non-point agricultural source pollution. The Outreach Specialist will be responsible for working with partners in the watershed to create and implement an information and outreach strategy to share information, research results and lessons learned from within and beyond the watershed in similar efforts. Further, the Outreach Specialist will identify, assist and support farmer-led initiatives focused on soil health, water quality and related subjects, including organizational and content support. Specifically, this includes the development of educational material highlighting research findings, creating and editing video content, and managing social media distribution networks. Involvement in the planning and implementation (teaching) of outreach events such as field days, workshops, and demonstration projects will also be required. The Outreach Specialist will work with partners in identifying and implementing outreach teaching needs and opportunities surrounding the Rock River Recovery effort through its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
PRIMARY DUTIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Assist with managing and overseeing natural resource outreach programs
- Provide support for multi-disciplinary, integrated natural resources programming that addresses local and statewide needs
- Participate in and provide support for multi-stakeholder collaborations
- Act as a coordinator and educational liaison to build coalitions and facilitate communication between state and federal agencies, organizations, local governments, and citizens
- Plan, implement and evaluate educational programs directed at community needs on issues relating to the purpose of the position
- Provide expertise on specific conservation, protection and management issues as they relate to the natural resources in the Rock River Basin
- Apply for, secure, and manage extramural support awards
- Make all reasonable effort to reach a diverse audience and to ensure equitable access to programs and facilities
- Develop an annual plan of work for UW-Extension, based on ongoing assessments of needs that include specific educational program priorities and performance measures
- Contribute to systems for reporting work outcomes to UWEX, ERC, and other collaborators
- Represent Cooperative Extension and provide educational leadership with program-related agencies and educational institutions
- Keep accurate, complete and timely work records
- Develop and follow a personal plan for professional development
- Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions
- Assume weekly travel throughout the watershed and occasional travel within the state
- Occasionally work evenings and weekends, as needed, to meet local needs
The Outreach Specialist/NRE is accountable to the Natural Resources Education Program Co-Directors for all matters related to performance and day-to-day work activities. The NRE is also accountable to the ERC Director(s) and the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) State Program Office (hiring authority).
As a programming unit within Cooperative Extensions CNRED program area, this position interacts collegially with (1) related Cooperative Extension teams, programs, units, and centers; (2) other University faculty, staff, and students; and (3) State, Federal, Municipal, Tribal, and non-governmental organization partners.
TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position, including, but not limited to natural resource management, agriculture or water resource management
- Ability to communicate ideas effectively verbally, in writing, and through educational technology
- Experience planning, implementing, and/or evaluating community-based, non-formal educational programs related to natural resources
- Experience working in collaborative environment or using group facilitation skills
- Experience establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks
- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
- Master’s degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as water resources, environmental policy, environmental studies, agriculture, soil science, or communications.
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings
- Excellent skills in advising and helping others improve their team building, problem solving and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to plan collaboratively and execute independently
- Demonstrated ability to initiate, form and effectively maintain working relationships with persons or associations from cultures other than one’s own
- Knowledge of complex political environments in which Cooperative Extension works, particularly at state and local levels, and successful experience in these environments
- Experience coordinating multi-organizational workgroups, project teams, or partnerships focused on natural resources and environmental management
- Experience in the development and use of web-based communications tools, including social media
- Knowledge of adult learning principles
- Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting; ability to effectively analyze and manage conflicts
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of watersheds such as the Rock River watershed and of the steps necessary to reduce nonpoint source water quality pollution
- Knowledge of the economic, environmental and social settings in which modern agriculture exists
- Strong organizational and leadership skills
HOW TO APPLY:
All applicants wishing consideration must apply online and attach all required application documents/materials at the time of application. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2018.
Required application materials:
- A cover letter that summarizes how your qualifications meet the expectations of this position
- A current resume
- Contact information for three professional work references
- College transcripts. Unofficial copies of transcript(s) are acceptable when applying for this position. Official transcripts are required upon hire.
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